Good News, Bad News

Nov 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The Wilson-Codega House, 2006

The Wilson-Codega House, 2006

The good news is that, even before today’s issue of the Chinook Observer hit the streets, my column, “Nick Wilson-Codega: the Kid across the Street” has been picked up by readers and is all over FaceBook. I am so glad. It’s the hardest story I’ve ever had to write.

And that, of course, brings me to the bad news which is that our former neighbor, 28-year-old Nick, has been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. He found out about it last May and has pretty much shared the news just with family. Recently, though, he has decided that he’d like to document his journey using an art form he knows well – film.

Nicholas James Wilson-Codega

Nicholas James Wilson-Codega

After his graduation from Ilwaco High School, Nick attended the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. There he fine-tuned his interest in all sorts of photography and when he returned to the Pacific Northwest, he moved to Seattle to work with another Oysterville neighbor, film producer Lisa Farnham.

Making a documentary is a formidable task. It will be an especially difficult undertaking for a young man whose days are built around doctors’ appointments and chemotherapy sessions and who must harbor his energy to face one day at a time. To say nothing of funding such a project. Nick is unable to work these days. Fortunately he has health insurance (let’s hear it for ‘Obama Care’!) and his family is able to provide for his basic, everyday needs. But… a film project?

That’s where his family and I hoped my column might help – by alerting his friends here at the beach and putting out a plea for financial assistance. I am relieved that already people are reading the article and sharing the request to send a donation to The Wilson-Codega Fund, c/o Leigh Wilson, 118 N. 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98103.

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